The Olympic Suite
The Olympic Suite
limited edition prints
Three limited edition prints celebrating the beauty of the Northwest and the legacy of naturalist John Muir.
A trio of original images (7x5 inches) by photographer Jim Plitt, paired with three quotes from John Muir that are hand-set and letterpress printed by Emily Hancock on fine printmaking papers. Matted and framed here at the Press (finished size, 12x8 inches) in an edition of 30 each, and offered singly or as a complete collection.
- Print 1 ~ Olympic Sky ~ the night sky over Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park.
- Print 2 ~ Olympic River ~ the Sol Duc River, flowing through Olympic National Park.
- Print 3 ~ Olympic Mountain ~ iconic Mt Rainer, in the Olympic region of Washington State.
- The Olympic Suite ~ one each of all 3 limited edition prints in this collection, number-matched and signed by the photographer and printer.
Typefaces used are Arrighi and Centaur, cast in metal from M&H Type Foundry in California. Papers are Stonehenge printmaking paper (for Olympic Sky and Olympic Mountain) in a beautiful "fawn" color, and Zerkall Ingres paper (for Olympic River) in a subtle "mint." Texts were printed on our 1909 foot-treadled Golding Pearl No 3 press.
As many of you already know, the beauty of the world around us is a chief source of inspiration here at the Press. Our recent publication of Reverie illuminated the small beauties growing a few steps from our pressroom door. The next project takes us a bit further afield — to the spectacular Olympic National Park and Olympic Peninsula region of Washington state, through the wonderful images of photographer Jim Plitt.
Jim’s images of the mountains, rivers, and skies of the Northwest are pure poetry, which is why we decided to collaborate on this series of prints featuring his work alongside that of one of our heroes: Scottish-American naturalist John Muir. Muir (1838-1914) roamed the United States from coast to coast, advocating for the preservation of wild places and penning some of the most stirring words ever written about the American landscape.
And so, upon the occasion of the anniversary of John Muir’s birth (April 21st), as well as Earth Day (the 22nd), we are honored to introduce our Olympic Suite. May these words and images remind us of our enduring connection with the beautiful globe we call home.